Sparkle, Whitney Houston's last movie, is apparently also heading to Broadway.
Less than one week after the singer's tragic and sudden death, Houston's last big screen project has been getting quite the buzz.
The film's producer, Howard Rosenman, confirmed to Forbes that Sparkle will be converted into a big time Broadway production following the film's August release.
I can tell you this one is so much better [than the original] . . . and people will be blown away by Whitney. She sings gospel, and she's phenomenal, Rosenman told Forbes.
And believe me, we didn't need this publicity. I'd rather have her back right now, he added.
Directed by Salim Akil, Sparkle tells the story of three teenage singing sensations (who are also sisters) from Detroit. Set in the 1960s during the heydays of Motown, the film hired Houston to play the mother to Sparkle, played by American Idol alum Jordin Sparks.
Sparkle, Houston's fourth major movie, was slated to follow the success of the singer's previous roles in The Bodyguard (1992), Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996).
Houston also played the Fairy Godmother in the made-for-TV film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella in 1997, opposite Brandy, who played Cinderella.
On Saturday, Houston was found dead inside her Beverly Hilton Hotel bathroom, on the eve of music's biggest night, the Grammy Awards. The 48-year-old was to attend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party later that evening.
According to the LA County Coroner's office, it could take six to eight weeks to determine the official cause of death. Several prescription drugs were found in Houston's hotel room.
A private funeral for Houston is scheduled for Saturday in New Jersey.
Houston's last movie is a haunting reminder of another big name who died before the release of what would be his last movie: Heath Ledger. The Dark Knight, released seven months after Ledger's death in New York City in 2008, later earned the Australian actor a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 81st Academy Awards.
Sparkle, which also stars Cee Lo Green, Derek Luke and Carmen Ejogo, arrives in theaters Aug. 17.
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